There has been a lot in the media regarding Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty and his comments to GQ magazine. I should preface this by saying that I have never watched an episode of DD, but from what I hear, his comments to GQ are not much different than the type of stuff that he says on TV.
The part that I am curious about is people are staying that what he told GQ is full of hate. When I read what he says, he is a bit graphic and is more staying that he does not understand and then he quotes the bible. (LINK TO GQ Article... may not be work safe depending on where you work) An advocacy group caught wind of this and pushed A&E to ban him from the show saying that it was hate filled.
There has been some talk about persecution of religion and the right to free speech. Which is only partly true, it is freedom of persecution from the Government that is protected. Not from society. Additionally people are angry at A&E for making a business decision regarding their product (the show is a product). It is their right to do this if they choose. However, they knew this guy’s beliefs before the show started, they knew that it could be controversial, and even though they have ban him from the show, they still went forward with a DD marathon the other day. If they were so worried about the image of the network, then why did they put the show on for 25 hours?
Personally, I think the whole thing is quite silly because it shows a lack of tolerance by just about everyone involved. People do or say things that we might not agree with all of the time, but how do we treat them? There are people who are calling for a boycott of A&E… which I think is stupid. I someone doesn't like the decisions that a business makes, then don’t do business with them. But to demand others follow is silly. There are people who are thrilled that Phil is not on DD anymore… which I also think is silly. If people don’t want to hear what Phil has to say, odds are they are not going to want to hear what the other people say, or they tuned out a long time ago.
I think that the divisions that we see in this country is just a reflection of a lack of tolerance of people. I almost wonder if some people will go out of their way to find differences in people so they don’t have to be nice to them. Regardless what you believe, what positions you hold, or ideas that you have, look for common connections with people and build on the good, not the bad.
What are your thoughts? Do you think that we have become an intolerant society on a quest to spread hate? Or do you think that lines in the sand need to be drawn and if someone doesn't share the same viewpoint, to hell with them?